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THE MASTER REVIEW (DON’T PANIC 06.11.12)

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s new cult masterpiece is one of the most powerful films to come out this year – miss it at your peril.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest offering paints a strange, disquieting and deeply sad picture of searching and loss, with actors Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams giving some of the finest performances of their careers, and a resoundingly poignant score composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. Read the rest of this entry

NICOLAS CAGE: AN INTERNET TRIBUTE (DON’T PANIC 05.11.12)

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You know him, you love him – and so does the Internet. Maybe a little too much.

Ah, Nicolas Cage – one of Hollywood’s biggest actors. Sure, you may have hated films like National Treasure and Ghost Rider (or God forbid, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin), but you have to admit that he’s a pretty big name in the silver screen game. However, as big an A-Lister as he is, few could have predicted the dizzying heights his fame would eventually soar to – and we’re not talking about small details like his legions of fans, a wealth of box-office hits or even that Academy Award he won either. No, where Nick C truly reigns supreme is in the acclaimed world of cult Internet superstardom. Here’s to you, Nick; the face that launched 1,000 memes. Read the rest of this entry

THE HUMPING PACT (DON’T PANIC 31.10.12)

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EVERYBODY GET NAKED AND RUT AGAINST BUILDINGS – to draw attention to undervalued environments and locations!

Fuelled by the “suspended act of affirmative persistence and belief in the futile”, the Humping Pact travels the world in search of unappreciated or disused manmade locations, with the aim of emphasising their beauty through video and photo stills. So far, so standard. What gives The Humping Pact its unique twist is that this emphasis is created through the layering of humping naked bodies. No, really. We talk to project founders Diego Agullo and Dmitry Paranyushkin about their thoughts on hentai, “fucking a space” and shooting on the moon. Read the rest of this entry

THE MOST TERRIFYING ADVERTS EVER (DON’T PANIC 24.10.12)

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Creepy, unsettling and downright scary, we round up TV’s most frightening ad campaigns. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Okay, so we all know the basic idea behind an advert – to persuade the viewer to buy whatever product that’s being featured, right? It can be done in a variety of different ways, from having famous faces plug the merchandise, as Pepsi often do, or a sickly-sweet emotional appeal, like any John Lewis advert ever, to using a really (REALLY) annoying catchy jingle, à la Go Compare or We Buy Any Car – you name it, it’s been done.

But perhaps the most effective method – at least in terms of really having an impact on your audience – is to scare the bejesus out of people. Forget scary costumes, haunted houses or horror films; this Halloween, we guarantee it’s these truly terrifying adverts that are going to be giving you nightmares. Read the rest of this entry

NICHE DATING WEBSITES (DON’T PANIC 16.10.12)

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Because there’s someone out there for every horse-loving, nappy-wearing, zombie-obsessed weirdo.

Hi, my name’s Charlotte, and I’m currently single. Now, single life is great – the freedom, the ability to watch whatever you want on Netflix without fear of recrimination, the embarrassing hook-ups (hey, at least you get some good stories to tell the next day) – but recently, something has changed. I’ve started to notice the none-too-subtle advertisements Facebook is slipping me every time I log on. In fact, looking at my news feed RIGHT NOW, there are no fewer than two ads for dating sites; one telling me I can ‘Date a Sexy Fireman’, and another starting off with the appealing catchphrase, ‘Mates all got boyfriends?’

Tempting as ads like these are, it did make me wonder: if sites specifically targeted at dating firemen have become a ‘thing’, what other obscure concepts are floating around the Internet? So began my weird and wonderful journey into niche dating websites… Read the rest of this entry

UNLIKELY CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS (DON’T PANIC 15.10.12)

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From Gorbachev’s pizzas to Snoop Dogg’s microwaved snacks, you can bet at least one agent got fired after these ridiculous ads came out.

It’s been an exciting week for bizarre celebrity endorsements. First up was Brad Pitt’s much-hyped Chanel No.5 ad, and now it’s come to our attention that Mr Snoop Lion (neé Dogg) himself has appeared in a commercial for America’s cholesterol-tastic Hot Pocket brand. Of course, Snoop and Brad aren’t the first celebrities to ever lend their famous faces to strange product campaigns – and they certainly won’t be the last. Read the rest of this entry

YELLOWISM: INTERVIEW WITH THE ROTHKO VANDALS (DON’T PANIC 09.10.12)

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We get an exclusive interview with the group who defaced a £50 million painting at the Tate Modern last week. A bold new artistic movement, or simply a publicity-seeking act of vandalism? We find out more.

Marcin Łodyga and Vladimir Umanets are the minds behind the emerging underground philosophy known as ‘Yellowism’. With a manifesto that states that Yellowism is ‘not art or anti-art’, the movement was relatively unknown until last week, when Vladimir was arrested for criminal damage, having defaced artist Mark Rothko’s famous mural Black on Maroon in the Tate Modern (pictured above, with Vladimir’s addition). Having (embarrassingly) hung the abstract expressionists’ work the wrong way round for years, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Tate Modern staff might be feeling somewhat cursed…

At the time of writing, Vladimir is still incarcerated, but we managed to track down co-founder Marcin to give us an exclusive interview on the stunt, as well as more on the pair’s decidedly unique ideas on art, exhibitions and the concept of reality. Read the rest of this entry

RECYCLED ART (DON’T PANIC 09.10.12)

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Because one man’s trash is another man’s wicked cool artwork.

Just because something’s no longer able to carry out its intended function doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily useless. From old bike parts to discarded computer components, we explore the work of artists able to see beyond the bin to envision artwork that’s innovatively novel and environmentally friendly – and perhaps even beautiful. Let’s just hope they washed everything first. Read the rest of this entry

GADGET GARMENTS (02.10.12)

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The second instalment of our series exploring clothing embedded with all sorts of wonderful technical enhancements… how could we resist?

As I’m sure you all know, here at Don’t Panic we’re pretty big fans of style. Style is great. Fashion is great. Lusting after designer gear that we know we’ll never really be able to afford is great. We also love technology. Robots are cool. Gadgets are cool. Even nifty little smartphone apps that let us put cat faces on things are cool.

So, you can imagine our excitement when we get the chance to write about something as interesting as tech-clever clothing. After all, apparel that enhances your day-to-day with clever gizmos and wiring – while still looking fahbulous – really can’t be beat. Here are the latest sartorial must-haves from the world of tomorrow (brought to you today). Read the rest of this entry

LISA BLACK INTERVIEW (DON’T PANIC 02.10.12)

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Ever seen a poorly preserved penguin? A shittily stuffed seagull? Well, when Lisa Black does, she restores them with cogs and hinges to create some incredible mechanical animals.

You know how bad it looks when taxidermy goes wrong – but are any of us doing anything to improve it? Artist, sculptor, jeweller and self-professed animal lover Lisa Black is, with the creations of her ‘augmented’ animal cyborgs. Combining an interest in the animal kingdom with ideas of a future where technology and biology work together in synchronicity, her Fixed creations fuse taxidermied animals with mechanical components – provoking the viewer to examine their ideas on the word ‘natural’. Read the rest of this entry